Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Maple Leafs in market for veteran netminder

When the Maple Leafs embark on their annual quest for a better on-ice product, they’ll be attempting to solve an age-old problem with a man of a certain age.

Acquiring a proven veteran goaltender ranks among the club’s biggest off-season priorities. That means there will be internal debates about no end of possibilities, be it a trade for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, or a free-agent signing of one of the handful of seasoned NHLers expected to be available this summer.

Luongo reportedly asks for deal

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo hasn’t just agreed to waive his no-trade clause, he’s also asked to be traded, according to Sportsnet. Luongo reportedly asked to be moved during his exit meetings with the Canucks. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis wouldn’t confirm that Luongo has asked for a trade while talking on a Vancouver radio station, TEAM 1040.

Nash won't change his list of teams.

The whole hockey world understands that he is the biggest name, and most talented player, available as the NHL trade deadline looms. The deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.

Nash was asked whether the specter of it had any impact on the team.

“We’ve got such a tight group of guys in here, a good bunch of guys, but everyone realizes there is a business side to this,” he said. “There have been so many rumors, so much speculation.”

Mason Raymond shrugs off trade rumours

Mason Raymond not only scored Sunday, he scored the best line when reminded that the NHL trade deadline was one day away.

“There’s a trade deadline tomorrow?,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks winger.

Not only has the restricted free agent been the subject of scrutiny with his uneven game and his potential value in a trade for more grit, his name has repeatedly surfaced in rumours that he might be bound for Dallas in exchange for veteran winger Steve Ott. And when the Chicago Wolves recalled winger Darren Archibald and defenceman Taylor Ellington from the ECHL, there was a brief pre-game buzz Sunday that some sort of trade package was imminent.

Dustin Brown draws interest, Kings like Luke Schenn

The Kings are getting lots of interest in captain Dustin Brown. They may not move him in the end but are seeing what’s out there for him. Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are among a long list of teams that have interest in the Team USA Olympian. One source told ESPN.com that the Kings would like to get defenseman Luke Schenn and highly touted forward prospect Matt Frattin from the Leafs in a Brown deal. My sense is that Toronto would find that price too rich, but GM Brian Burke — who had Brown on Team USA in 2010 — really loves Brown.

I want to stay here – Andrei Kostitsyn

“I want to stay here,” he said repeatedly, after training on Thursday.

“I played several years here, I do not want to relocate and start over”, he added.

Kostitsyn could end up in the Nashville Predators in return for the rights of the Russian forward Alexander Radulov, VAT Sports reported on Wednesday. But it does not seem thrilled with the idea to join his brother Sergei in the capital of the country.

Break up the Capitals, Ovechkin included

building a dynasty — like applying a brush to a ceiling — can be a messy business. And as the trade deadline approaches, Leonsis and general manager George McPhee have a tough decision to make: Do they continue down the same path, which right now has them on the verge of missing the playoffs, or do they try another color scheme and begin a radical reshuffling of the roster?

Sharks eyeing Nash and Carter

The San Jose Sharks are trying to take a bite of the Columbus Blue Jackets before the deadline.

Not only is Sharks GM Doug Wilson talking to Jackets counterpart Scott Howson about disgruntled RW Rick Nash, league sources told the QMI Agency Wednesday San Jose is also studying a deal for C Jeff Carter.

Should Caps be buyers or sellers?

With less than a week remaining before Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline and the Capitals losers of five of their last six, the question must be asked:

Should George McPhee be a buyer or seller?

Back in September you would have been laughed out of the Verizon Center with such a question, but let’s be real. The Caps don’t look like a team that’s one or two pieces away from competing for a Stanley Cup.

Grabo doesn't want to go

With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, you have to figure some Maple Leafs are getting a little antsy — especially those whose names keep popping up as possible trade bait. You could count speedy centre Mikhail Grabovski among them.

What makes Grabovski’s situation a little more tenuous than, say, defenceman Luke Schenn’s, is that he can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Schenn, meanwhile, signed a new deal before the start of the season.